We live it. We love it. We are passionate about it. And just what exactly is "it?" The library, of course! But it's beyond that. Beyond books, beyond technology, beyond the due date stamp. When it comes to librarians and their passions, let's just say we can be a tough crowd to buy gifts for. But FEAR NOT! Here is a list of 10 websites YOU can use (or tell someone who needs to know this!) to warm the heart of the most curmedgeonly, geekiest, book nerdiest, and alphabetically obsessed librarians out there!:
1. Mental Floss: http://store.mentalfloss.com/new-arrivals/
Not only does it have some pretty cool t-shirts, but some very unusual books which can't be found on booklists librarians use.
2. Klear Gear: http://www.kleargear.com/
You can get a better clue about what type of person a librarian is just by looking at their desk. Why not splurge on some very unique desk and office decor. There are tons of other geek things we'd all love to show off our love for all things nerdy!
3. Paddywax: http://www.paddywax.com/Shop/Library
It isn't enough we want to work in a library, but we love the smell too! Nothing beats the smell of an old dead author and this website offers them all! Edgar Allan Poe? How about Jane Austen? My personal favorite is John Steinbeck. Who knew he could smell so amazing?!?
4. Cafe Press: http://www.cafepress.com/+library+clothing?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=msn&utm_campaign=40356349&utm_content=357822031&utm_term=kwd-9644233571-bb-c
If you've never visited Cafe Press and looked through their extreme collection of clothing for library lovers, well now's your chance. Super librarian? Check. Library Humor? Check. Quotes? Check! Too many to choose from, and all what a librarian would love
5. Think Geek: http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/jewelry/
This site is great for the guybrarian you know as well as the girlbrarian too! I chose this particular link because who else would carry a Death Star or Yoda charm to put on a Pandora bracelet? Yeah, and this is just tapping into the geek waiting for you when you open this puppy up!
6. Demeter Fragrance: http://demeterfragrance.com/paperback.html# (or try Amazon)
What exactly does an old paperback smell like? Should we even go there? Well, fear not! For those who love the smell (not moldy book, no no!!) then go ahead a splurge! You too, can smell like an old paperback book!!
7. Gone Reading: http://gonereading.com/group/book-shaped-plates-platters/
Some of us have said we eat, drink, and breathe books. Well, here's a site that could help your gastronomic endeavors. Just put food on these book plates and let the eating begin! (check the clearance link...they're on sale!)
8. Out of Print: http://www.outofprintclothing.com/collections/womens-tees
Cool tees for ALL librarians! From picture books to classics and other things, these are by far the best looking tees of the bunch! They have some pretty cool coasters too, of all things sacred to libraries!
9. Zazzle. http://www.zazzle.com/librarian+mugs
This collection happens to be mugs. Why a hot beverage, you ask? Because nothing says I love books more than a hot cuppa and a good book. NOTHING.... And for those of us who can't quite grasp drinking and books because of spillage, they have travel mugs with lids too.
10. American Library Association Store: http://www.alastore.ala.org/SearchResult.aspx?CategoryID=164&gclid=Cj0KEQiAjpGyBRDgrtLqzbHayb8BEiQANZauh4dUi5SXlBNNDldnxqdW-Zt0Ys4yxFFJna67kW5NqksaAnHh8P8HAQ
You call yourself a librarian? Yeah, well you're not a true librarian (or someone related to a true librarian) if you didn't put this store on the list!
Happy Holidays Everyone! Let the e-shopping BEGIN!! *and if you happen to need my address for shipping purposes, just shoot me an email :)
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